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Re: Severe IFS glob bug needs patch [was: Setting IFS='*' causes bash to


From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Severe IFS glob bug needs patch [was: Setting IFS='*' causes bash to freeze on tab completion]
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2016 11:56:43 -0400
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On 11/4/16 3:05 AM, Martijn Dekker wrote:
> Op 04-11-16 om 01:27 schreef Eduardo Bustamante:
>> I agree with everything, except calling it severe. This is
>> self-inflicted harm, and easy to work around
> 
> It is not self-inflicted. The behaviour is a bug in bash. The user did
> nothing to cause that bug.

I don't think anyone is disputing that it's a bug in bash.  I agree with
Eduardo's point, though, which is that there doesn't appear to be anything
special enough about this particular problem to warrant releasing patches
for versions of bash that were released seven years ago.

So it's a bug, it's been present for at least 17 years, it's extremely
rare in practice, and I will fix it.

Chet
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